Lucien Clergue

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Lucien Clergue (b. August 14, 1934) is a French photographer member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France.1 At the age of seven he began to play the violin but only for a few years since his teacher could not continue teaching him and his parents could not pay for his studies at the conservatory either. He began learning photography in 1948 and four years later during a bullfight in his hometown he had the opportunity to show his photos to Pablo Picasso who was delighted with them and asked him to teach him more, so for a year and a half he was sending her pictures. On November 4, 1955, he met Picasso in Cannes, with whom from then on he had a great friendship and to whom he dedicated the book Picasso mon ami. In 1954 he received popular recognition when he made a series of portraits in which fifty actors made a representation of Julius Caesar. He also made a series on acrobats that took place in the ruins produced by the Second World War in Arles, as well as another on dead animals. However, it was the series "Nudes in the sea" made in 1956 that gave him the greatest prestige, since in it he carried out an innovation in erotic photography. The following year he illustrated the book «Bodies memorable» with the poems of Paul Éluard and shortly after an extensive report on the Camargue ecological reserve that is close to his hometown, in that series of photographs he worked on the proximity of nature seen in a dimension of "photographed object".2 He has also dealt with bullfighting themes in his photography and collaborated in films such as "The testament of Orpheus" by Jean Cocteau or in another film about Pablo Picasso.


In 1968 he founded the Arles International Photography Meetings in collaboration with his friend Michel Tournier and the historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette, which offer a vision of photographic work in the international arena and in which he held the position of artistic director for 25 years. Since 1976 he has been teaching at the University of Provence and is also a professor at the New School (New School for Social Research) in New York.1 He has had numerous exhibitions and his work is in collections such as the National Library of France, the Folkwang Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Ludwig Museum or the Réattu Museum in Arles.1 In 2000 he received the Higashikawa Prize in Japan, in 2003 he was appointed a knight of the Legion of Honor and on May 31, 2006 he was appointed a member of the Academy of Fine Arts when a new section on photography was created, in his initial speech he tried on the history of photography.

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